Photographers are usually quite happy making other people pose for them, but put THEM in front of the camera and they simply freeze! If you are one such photographer, we’ve jotted down a few tips to help YOU look your best in photographs.
Of course, this article would be of help to simply everybody and not just photographers.
Dress to Kill
If you plan to attend an event, a party or any such venue where you are likely to get photographed, you need to think before you just throw something on and head out. Think about color contrast and the time of the day you will be photographed. If you are wearing something very sheer, remember it could look near-transparent in certain lighting conditions!
Assess your Look from Time to Time
When you know you are going to be photographed, check out your clothes, your hair and your teeth in a mirror to ensure that nothing is out of place. There is no harm in asking the photographer to see if you look alright as well!
Remember NOT to Slouch
A slouching figure definitely does not make you look your best, so stand upright. Not only does a hunched back make one look shorter, it also adds to those unsightly flabs around the waist. So stand tall, with confidence!
While standing tall is good, tense shoulders are not very flattering in a photograph. Relax your shoulders consciously, if you are feeling tense or nervous.
Stay in a Positive Frame of Mind
Your facial expressions are a result of the thoughts running through your mind, so think of positive things when trying to smile for a photograph. Thing of the good times you have had, and the good people you have know.
The Eyes Never Lie
Even if you are able to come up with a beautiful smile, while you are in a negative frame of mind, it will show in your eyes! So try and be genuinely happy when posing for a photograph.
If a professional photographer is shooting, you probably don’t have to worry about this one. But if you are asking someone at a party to take your picture, do keep the background in mind. Usually, a plain background works well for portraiture.
Getting the Right Pose
You probably wouldn’t want to try an extreme pose like a model at an extravagant shoot, but something as simple as putting a hand into a pocket can help give your whole body that relaxed look. If you are in a group, you may want to put an arm around someone.
If you are a photographer your self, you know what lighting can do. So, avoid standing directly below direct and harsh lights, and ensure that any ambient light rays reach you at the desired angle, never from right on top of your head.
Yes, practice makes perfect – always. Try posing in front of a mirror to discover your best expressions, and use them when you are being photographed!